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Technical Documentation and Process

1st Edition

By Jerry C. Whitaker, Robert K. Mancini

CRC Press

195 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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Description

We live in an age of electronic interconnectivity, with co-workers across the hall and across the ocean, and managing meetings can be a challenge across multiple time zones and cultures. This makes documenting your projects more important than ever. In Technical Documentation and Process, Jerry Whitaker and Bob Mancini provide the background and structure to help you document your projects more effectively.

With more than 60 years of combined experience in successfully documenting complex engineering projects, the authors guide you in developing appropriate process and documentation tools that address the particular needs of your organization.

Features

  • Strategies for documenting a project, product, or facility
  • A sample style guide template—the foundation on which you can build documents of various types
  • A selection of document templates
  • Ideas for managing complex processes and improving competitiveness using systems engineering and concurrent engineering practices
  • Basic writing standards and helpful references
  • Major considerations for disaster planning
  • Discussion of standardization to show how it can help reduce costs
  • Helpful tips to manage remote meetings and other communications
  • First-hand examples from the authors’ own experience

Throughout, the authors offer practical guidelines, suggestions, and lessons that can be applied across a wide variety of project types and organizational structures. Comprehensive yet to the point, this book helps you define the process, document the plan, and manage your projects more confidently.

Reviews

"This is a great resource for those starting projects to ensure the details are supported and complete. The insights and direction found in this resource provide time and labor-saving counsel that are well worth consideration and application."

—Dr. Rick Bee, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA

Table of Contents

Overview

Introduction

Plan for Success

Elements of Process

Putting It All Together

Documentation Strategies

Introduction

Documentation Tools

Specifications

Bibliography

Developing a Style Guide

Introduction

General Structure of Documents

Document Creation and Editing

Corporate Identity

Reference Books

References

Meetings

Introduction

Organization

Decision-Making

It’s All about Leadership

References

Systems Engineering

Introduction

Systems Theory

Phases of a Typical System Design Project

Program Management

Bibliography

Concurrent Engineering

Introduction

Overview

The Process View of Production

References

Disaster Planning and Recovery

Introduction

Emergency Management

Managing Fear

References

Standards and Reference Data

Introduction

Principal Standards Organizations

Tabular Data

References

Bibliography

Document Templates

Index

About the Authors

Jerry C. Whitaker is the vice president of standards development at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). He has been involved in various aspects of the electronics industry for more than 30 years, with specialization in communications. His CRC Press books include:

Robert K. Mancini is president of Mancini Enterprises, LLC, a business consulting, estate planning, and educational services corporation based in California. He has been involved in programming, product management, technical writing, sales/product training, and marketing in the software and aerospace industries for more than 30 years. His authored projects include:

  • Image Focus manuals, marketing, and training materials, NewEra Software
  • DSSI product marketing materials, Allen Systems Group
  • PRO/JCL manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software
  • DOCU/TEXT manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software
  • JOB/SCAN manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software
  • INFO/X manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TEC009070
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mechanical